Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Welding Letters in Design Space

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Today I want to show you how to weld letters together to create a scrapbook layout title, like in the image below.


For this project, I used a multi layered font so that I could use two different colors and really make the letters pop.  I also combined two fonts to really make this title my own.  By moving the letters closer together until the shadow/background layers were touching each other I was then able to weld them together.  This is what allowed me to cut out the entire shadow/background layer in one cut.  This looks more professional and it helps to just place this one large piece on your scrapbook layout.

Watch the video to see how easy this was to do . . . 





And this is how the title looked after I added the other layers of color to it.  Having that shadow/background layer really helped me for placement of the other colors, and when I had all of the colors attached I just placed that one big title.  No more placing individual letters and hoping you get them all lined up!


If you want to cut out this same scrapbook layout title, here is a link to the project in Cricut Design Space for you to use.  Just click HERE.

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Using Dingbat Fonts for Cutting Images

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I am so excited about this!  For me this is a game changer!  I have already told you about downloading and using fonts from the site DaFont but let's take those fonts to the next level.  Did you know that there are Dingbat fonts on DaFont?  What is a Dingbat font?  It is basically a font that uses images and picture in place of letters.  So if you type in ABC you will not see the letters ABC, you will see three pictures, images or drawings.

DaFont has thousands of fonts.  In the video I will show you a few of the Dingbat Fonts.  I am also going to show you how to use those as a cutting file.  This could save you from having to go and buy an svg file for each and every project you want to create.



So watch the video below to see how I made this Donald Duck that I was able to cut with my Cricut!





After the time that I posted this video I went back into Design Space and finished using the contour tool to make all of the layers for this cut, and here is how it turned out.



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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Cricut Design Space - Picking a Font

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I have been helping some people in the Facebook Groups I am in so that they can learn some of the tips and tricks for their Cricut.

I see lots of people looking for fonts that have shadow effect on it, so that you can layer two different colors on your projects.  To do this, you need a cutting font not a writing font.  You also need your cutting font to be one that has multiple layers available on it.

In this video I am going to show you how to look through your fonts and use the filters to see just the multi layer fonts.  This will help so that you don't spend a lot of time picking a font for a project just to find out that it will not do what you want it to do because it is a writing font or a single layer font.



If you want to use fonts other than those that you can purchase from Cricut, there are several sites where you can download fonts to use in Design Space.  Most of these will probably be a single layer cutting font.  My favorite resource is DaFont.com  Once you download and install a font from this site, the next time you open up Design Space you will see it and you can use it in your projects.  

If you see a project online and are wondering what font they used, try using What the Font to determine the font used.  

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Cricut Design Space - Adding Text

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I have been helping some people in the Facebook Groups I am in so that they can learn some of the tips and tricks for their Cricut.

In my last video we learned how to clean up an image that you upload into Design Space.  If you want to watch that video first, just click HERE.

For this video we are going to build on the last video and add text around the image we uploaded.



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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Cleaning up an Image in Cricut Design Space

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I am in several different Facebook groups and I see the same questions asked over and over again, so the other day I started to help some ladies in one of the groups to figure out how to do some of the things they wanted to do with their Cricut and images they found online.  I did a couple of quick videos and they were so happy that I decided to to more.

This video is going to show you how to clean up an image you find online and turn it into an image you can cut with your Cricut.  You don't have to use this same image . . . this is just to show you the steps you would take.

I like to use a coloring book style image since those typically just have the black outline and then you just have to remove the white areas with the magic wand tool in Cricut Design Space™.  If you have a more complex image, cleaning up and removing the various colors will work but it could take more time.  It might be worth your time to try and find the same image without all of the colors already in it.

Also, if you have a photograph you want to turn into a cutting image, you can use an app to first convert that photograph to a sketch style image that has a black outline, making it even easier for you to clean it up in Design Space.




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Friday, February 15, 2019

So, you just got a Cricut . . .

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I am in a few different Cricut related Facebook groups, and it seems like there are always new Cricut owners asking some of the same questions over and over again.  I thought wouldn't it be nice if there was one place they could go to find all of the answers to the frequently asked questions.

Cricut is Easy as 123
Well, how about we start that here!  I can turn this post into a Cricut Frequently Asked Questions page, and if I need to do a more detailed post about a specific thing I can link to it from this one mail post.  If you have a question and don't see it here let me know . . . I can add it.

I have also created a printable document you can download HERE.

Here is a link to a video on the Cricut site . . .
Most Asked About Features In Cricut Design Space Video

﹎﹎﹎﹎﹎ Now let's get to the questions that I have seen people ask ﹎﹎﹎﹎﹎﹎﹎

How do I set my Cricut up and connect to the computer?

          Follow the directions HERE

Where do I find images to cut with my Cricut?

The first and easiest place to find images to use with your Cricut is in Design Space.  This is the software that goes along with your Cricut and it allows you to search for images, view project ideas and inspirations.  You can either purchase a membership to Access, which allows you to use THOUSANDS of images for one low monthly or annual fee depending on the plan you choose.


If you don't want to do a monthly or annual plan, you can purchase individual images or groupings of images, called cartridges.  Once you purchase those images, they are yours to use over and over again.

The other way to use images is to find images on the internet and upload them.  You can also upload images into Design Space and clean them up with the magic wand tool and the eraser tool.  I have found that simple images that only have two colors in them, like a coloring book page, are the easiest to work with.  
HERE is a video about how to clean up an image you upload into Design Space.

You can also purchase SVG files, which are the cutting files used with the Cricut.  To find these, Google will be your best friend.  Search for free SVG files.  For example, I just searched free dog svg and all kinds of images came up for me to choose from.
Dreaming Tree has some great SVG files, and they have a whole section of free ones.

There are also SVG files for sale out there.  Find a seller that you can trust.  There are some that are really good and there are some that are not.  

Designing your own files
For me, when I am designing my own files or projects, I try to break things down to simple shapes.  There might be some elements you can find in Design Space to combine into a whole new design.

One program that a lot of people use to create files is Inkscape.  There are groups on Facebook specifically for crafters who want to learn Inkscape.  Two that I am in are Inkscape for Crafters and Inkscape for Design Space.

Another topic I see asked over and over again in various Facebook groups is how to add a shadow type outline to text in Design Space if the font does not come with a shadow.  Unfortunately, Cricut Design Space does not have a true shadow or offset function in it.  One of the best videos I have found about how to add a shadow to any font in Inkscape is this one HERE.  This is the only way that I do shadows on text now.

Sharing Files and Designs
When you make something in Design Space, if it was created with all Cricut purchased images or simple shapes, there is a function that allows you the share the file or design.  This is great for when you are in a group and show off the project you made and someone asks "Can I have the file so I can make this too?"

The one draw back is that if you uploaded any images in order to create this design, then Cricut will not allow you to share the file or design.  This is to help cut down on people sharing images that are protected by copywrite or trademark.

Using Design Space
If you are new to using Design Space, there are some different tools and functions that this software has that you will want to learn.  I find it easier to pick a project you want to make and learn the steps/tools/functions that you will need to complete this project.  It seems to help people to remember how to do all of the different functions if they use them to create something. 

I am going to list out the different functions below, and then I will also create videos for each and link to them.

This first group of functions will be found in the upper right corner of your screen when you are working in Design Space.

Grouphttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqwRQohlCTo


The following tools will all be found in the lower right corner of the screen when you are working on your computer in Design Space.

Weld - Weld allows you to join images together.  HERE is a project where I used weld to connect the shadow layer of some letters.

Slice - I like to think of slice as using a cookie cutter.  If you want to cut the number 3 out of the center of a heart, use slice.  HERE is a link to a project I did that uses slice.  One note about slice, is you can only slice two items at a time.  So if you had a square, with a circle on top and then a heart on top of that, you cannot select all three of them and use slice.  You have to do it in layers, two pieces at a time.

Attach - I use attach a lot for my card making, specifically for the inside of a card.  Make a square, and then use the text function to write up the sentiment for the inside of the card, position that on the square and select the text and the square and hit attach.  Now when the image goes to the Cricut it will ask you to insert your pen first so it can write the words, and then it will cut the square around it.

Contour - Contour allows you to turn on or off some of the different parts of an image.  HERE is a project with a video to show you how contour works.

The next group of tools will all be found in top of the screen, above the space where you are designing your project.

Align - need to do a detailed post/video . . . stay tuned
Orientation - need to do a detailed post/video . . . stay tuned

This group of tools are found on the left hand side of the screen.

Text - This allows you to add text to your projects.  HERE is a video about adding text to a project.
Also read the next section of this post about Fonts.  This will let you do so much more with the text function.  I also have a tutorial HERE that talks about the difference between a Writing Font and a Cutting Font.

The Cricut can also do Print then Cut projects.  For these you would first print the image on your printer and then use the Cricut to cut it.  Think of this like making a sticker.  Here is a tutorial on Prent then Cut.

Questions about Fonts
When working with fonts, first think about what you want the Cricut to do.  Do you want it to cut out letters that you are going to attach to something or do you want a pen placed into the Cricut to write the letters out for you?

For an example of cut letters, check out this post . . . click HERE
For an example of a font with a shadow layer, check out this post . . . click HERE
For an example of how to use Inkscape to add a shadow to any font, click HERE
For an example of the pen writing the letters, check out the inside of this card . . . click HERE

You can search Cricut for fonts, and there is a filter to tell you if it is a writing font or a cutting font. If you choose a cutting font and the change the icon in Design Space from cutting to writing it will only draw/write the outline of the letters.  To my knowledge, there is no font that will color in the full letter for you.

You can also download additional fonts to use.  My favorite site to download fonts from is https://www.dafont.com/  Just download and install that font onto your computer, and then whenever you are using that same computer those fonts will show up in Design Space for you to use.  Instead of explaining how to install a font, I am just going to link you to the directions for installation on the DaFont site . . . click HERE.

There are also fonts that are called Dingbat fonts.  These are fonts that use images instead of letters.  I did a whole blog post just about using Dingbat fonts to find images you can use in your projects.  Click HERE for that post.

Questions about Working with Vinyl

* Where is the best place to buy vinyl?

If you are making a small, one time vinyl project it will probably be easiest to run to your local craft store and pick up some vinyl,  but if you are going to be making larger projects or looking to use your Cricut to make things to sell then you are probably looking for the best deal on large quantities of vinyl.  The most recommended place I see time and time again is 651 Vinyl.


* What type of vinyl do I need for my project?

That depends . . . what do you want to make?
  • Are you going to put the vinyl directly on the wall of your house?  Then I would use something that can be easily removed.  This is also called 631 vinyl.  When you remove this it will not tear up your drywall.  
  • Are you going to put this on a car, glass or other item where you want it to stay there for good?  Then you want permanent vinyl.  This is also called 651 vinyl.
  • Are you going to put this on a shirt or something else made of fabric?  Then you want the iron on vinyl.   This is also called HTV or Heat Transfer Vinyl,
What is weeding?
After you cut an image or words in vinyl, you have to remove the negative space.  This process is called weeding.
One big tip for weeding is to add a weeding box around your image/text to help to make it easier to remove the negative space.  Click HERE to see more details on weeding boxes.


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